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The Heart of Valentine’s Day

I always hate to burst bubbles but sometimes it is very necessary, especially when we celebrate Valentine’s Day.  For myself (and probably for most of us), I was raised to understand Valentine’s Day romantically.  But, Valentine’s Day is not about romantic love. The holiday we celebrate, known as Valentine’s Day, is derived from the commemoration […]

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12 Books Every Christian Should Read. Book 4.

“On Being a Theologian of the Cross” was written by my professor at Luther Seminary, Gerhard Forde.  The book is a commentary on Martin Luther’s Heidelberg Disputation in 1518.  The crux of Luther’s argument in the Disputation is that evil deeds are less of an impediment to salvation than good works.  Evil deeds are obvious:  […]

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12 Books Every Christian Should Read. Book 3

“On the Incarnation.” Athanasius of Alexandria (ca. 298-373). Athanasius attended the Council of Nicea, and was one of the main defenders of Nicean theology, as he vigorously opposed Arius and his heretical beliefs.  Arius proclaimed that Jesus was not fully divine and therefore not Homoousian (of same substance/being) with God the Father.  Through much personal […]

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12 Books Every Christian Should Read. Book 2

C.S. Lewis:  Mere Christianity  One of the most powerful Christian influences over the course of my life has been the writings of C.S. Lewis.  Lewis, a confirmed atheist until the age of 31 when he was converted to Christianity, has become for many the bastion of Christian apologetics, the defense of the faith.  With his […]

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12 Books Every Christian Should Read. Book 1

St. Augustine – The Confessions.   Perhaps the greatest theologian in the history of the Christian church.  Augustine lived from 354-430, and spent the majority of his life as a bishop of a small North African town.  Even though we now refer to him as a saint, Augustine was anything but a sainted one in […]

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Christian Joy

“For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name.” (Psalm 33:21 ESV) The famed theologian and bishop, St. Augustine (b. 354 A.D. – not just a city in Florida) declared that we are born with restless hearts. Restlessness is not something that we learn or acquire, it is the condition […]

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What A Beautiful Name!

Here are some further study questions from last Sunday’s message on the song “What a Beautiful Name”. Use this for a group study or individual time with God. Let me know if you have any cool insights as God guides you during your study time! God bless you! Pastor Dan Shaw Watch the message by […]

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The Playlist Part 1 Study Questions

Below are some study questions from last week’s message, “The Playlist” part 1 – It is Well With My Soul. For a modern version of this song click here. If you are in a LifeGroup/Bible Study, feel free to use these questions as a resource. Pastor Dan Shaw Read: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Questions: 1- What […]

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Crazy Like Us Part 3 Study Questions

Rev. Dan Shaw 09/24/2019 For a deeper dive on the question of forgiveness/relationships check out these questions below.  And…here is a challenge:  get another person, or group of people, and go through the study together!  God’s word is super powerful when there are other believers with you (far more than individual time). Matthew 18 15 “If […]

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What Jesus Wants You To Do With Your Anxiety

Rev. Dan Shaw 09/19/2019   “Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” C. S. Lewis “Fear makes men forget, and skill which cannot fight, is useless.” Phormio, Athenian General Fear is derived from something so deeply ingrained in human development that we scarcely can […]

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All Saints day

We bless and honor the memory of those fellow members and family members of Emmanuel Lutheran Church who, during the past year, entered the Church Triumphant. Betsy Mcbride Sonntag David Ronald Baker David Earl Nelson Doris Marie Keyes Patrica Ann Koessler What does this mean? All Saints day is a day to honor people from […]

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Teenagers are running this place

Thank the awesome young people that have played pivotal roles as we worship and share the gospel with Children. For vacation bible school this year more than half the volunteers running skits, games, lessons, and crafts were teenagers. We also have young people actively involved in multimedia technology for worship services. If we want people […]

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